The Ley Gardens and Lawley Close Community Garden Group celebrated on Monday with the opening of their new wheelchair accessible greenhouse. This means that the group can continue work on growing flowers and vegetables throughout the winter whilst providing social inclusion to the group.
The benefits of gardening are well documented, and the group’s members hope to now expand in numbers to the wider area of Church Stretton with its wheelchair accessible facilities. It is hoped that, now the group has the tools it needs, that they will grow produce to cook at suppers to raise more funds for supplies to keep the garden going for many years to come. The group is run with the support of the on-site Independent Living Coordinator and volunteers from the community. Cllr Lee Chapman and Cllr David Evans, Shropshire Councillors for the Church Stretton and Craven Arms areas attended the event to formally open the new greenhouse.
Cllr Lee Chapman, also Portfolio Holder for Adult Services, Health and Housing at Shropshire Council said,
"Any group that encourages social inclusion is a great addition to Church Stretton. I hope new members join the group to experience the health and wellbeing benefits of gardening and enjoy the fruits of their labour."
Funding for the greenhouse was provided jointly, with £600 awarded from the Stretton Focus Community Award Scheme and nearly £5,000 from SSHA’s Community Development Fund.
The Stretton Focus Community Awards Scheme welcomes applications from individuals, clubs, societies, charities and local businesses with the objective of supporting and enhancing the community within the Strettons.